KS4 science for non-scientists NY285

For teachers or support staff of key stage 4 science, you will focus on the key principles needed to teach science concepts though the use of practical work and stimulating teaching and learning activities.


For non-scientists starting to deliver key stage 4 science as either a class teacher or in small group support. We will focus on the key principles you need to teach key stage 4 biology, chemistry and physics effectively and explore a range of teaching strategies and practical activities to do this. During the course, you will be able to discuss and refine your understanding of key topics with the support of experienced subject specialists. You will be able to ask questions to improve your confidence and delivery of the subject.

This course may support you with Science Benchmark 3 - Effective teaching and learning in science

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Who is it for?

teachers teaching outside their specialism, teachers of other subjects who have been asked to teach combined science (biology, chemistry or physics), teaching assistants and support staff of science at key stage 4

What topics are covered?

  • cell biology and microscopes
  • genes
  • atomic structure
  • chemical bonding
  • electrolysis
  • forces and magnetism
  • electricity
  • energy
  • waves 

How will you learn?

This is a four day intensive course over two periods 

How long is this course?

This is a four-day intensive course across two periods.


    You will be able to:

  • teach key stage 4 science confidently by effectively using a range of teaching strategies to assess students' prior understanding, counter misconceptions and move learning forward
  • clarify and build your own subject knowledge and understanding of core ideas from key stage 4 science
  • integrate practical work into effective learning experiences for students


This is a residential course, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course.


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